I'm making a documentary in 40 cities in 10 months. We're travelling a lot, and need certain jobs done in many disciplines while we're away, which will be a large drag on our time. We would like to employ someone to help, but have no funds, other than to offer a slice of the end profits should the project become successful. So, an internship? A volunteer? How can I create one that's useful to the intern?
We're first-time filmmakers with few credentials. I should probably stress that from the beginning...
I think the job description will be something like a project manager and/or assistant director. We'd need someone back at home (wherever, really) that could help us with the following while we travel:
Logging all the footage we take (we'll send it home from each country)
Contacting people we are going to meet in each city via phone/email ahead of time.
Getting in touch with celebrities with similar interests, and people in the industry who would be good to interview.
Fundraising and PR.
Contacting newspapers and universities in the locations we're going to visit.
Location scouting and research — historical research, places of interest, people of interest, local laws.
Dealing with any issues that come up.
Anything else they want to do.
As of now, we don't have any money to give them. We're putting a lot of personal dough into making this project work. Should it be successful, I would be more than happy to give a minimum amount or a percentage of the profits to the intern.
Also, I would like to make this internship as rewarding as possible. I know I can work this out with them, but how do I make sure I'm giving them the best experience possible? And legitimate — we're not an official business, just a few new film makers looking to make a documentary. The best part of the job is that our mission is massive in scope, and will probably be very interesting and varied.
To get a better idea of what we're doing, this is the website
. However, in short, we're filming street performers in 40 cities to make a book and documentary.